Fast Five Quiz: Alcohol Use Disorder

Stephen Soreff, MD


September 02, 2020

The WHO World Mental Health Survey Initiative compared the prevalence and associated factors of alcohol use disorders across a large number of countries. Although prevalence estimates widely varied, some patterns were identified.

Of individuals with alcohol use disorder, nearly 44% had at least one comorbid mental health disorder during their lifetime. For those with this comorbid combination, the mental health disorder preceded the onset of alcohol use disorder. The prevalence of alcohol use disorder remains much higher for men than for women. The analysis also revealed that the risk for alcohol use disorder begins in adolescence, with 15% of cases developed by age 18 years. Higher household income, older age, married relationship status, and higher education were associated with a lower risk for alcohol use disorder and for persistence of alcohol use disorder.

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